For this paper I will analyze and compare two works of art that belong to Ancient Mesopotamia and the Renaissance periods. The first work that I have chosen to discuss is the Winged Genius.
Very powerful warlike kings who built large palaces of stone ruled the Assyrian culture in the northern area of Mesopotamia. This fragment from the wall of the throne room shows a figure known as a Genius, a powerful, god-like guardian being. He holds out his hands in a protective gesture toward a plant known as the Tree of Life.
Why would the king want to have this on the walls of his palace? The Assyrians decorated the walls of the palace with a common sculpture technique known as bas-relief. “The completed carved images were painted in bright colors in order to impress and intimidate visitors to the king's palace with his power and wealth .”1
The fragment is very ornately decorated. The drapery that adorns the Genius’ body has a very fluid motion and follows the curve of his body. The Modeling of the muscles and the exaggerated proportions are very powerful and really conveys his Herculean strength. The pattern on the drapery, the wings, his beard, his hair and the bottom of the helmet are very detailed. From far they seem very simple but up close you can see fine and distinct marks. The Genius’ large wings, horned helmet, bulging muscles, outfit, and double dagger in his belt are all elaborately carved to show signs of his superhuman powers.
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The next art work that I have selected to discuss for this paper is, Portrait of a Boy .
An artwork that highlights an image of a real person that is either painted, sculpted, or produced in some other way, is known as a portrait. In the Renaissance, an artist commissioned to paint a portrait would be expected to produce a "realistic," recognizable image of the subject’s physical appearance, but would also be expected to provide indications of the... [continues]
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